Chemical Safety/ MSDS database
We keep an ASCII file of all chemicals in my lab by location with supplier,
quantity, purchase date, and toxic properties. We add to the list when
new items are acquired and delete from it when something is used up. Careful
maintenance obviates the need for re-inventory-ing frequently. The simple
ASCII file means that a mainframe, mini, or micro can keep it, that it can
be searched by any text processor, and can be imported into various databases.
MSDS are kept in a binder in my office with appropriate chemical safety
Aldrich Chemical Company sells an almost exhaustive collection of MSDS and
other safety information on CD-ROM. It's a bit pricey, but might serve
your needs. Otherwise, Sigma Chemical has a 1-800 number that one can use
to search for compounds, formulae, and cursory safety information via modem.
Finally, my experience is that the best and most extensive safety programs
are in the chemical industry. You may find Dow, Chlorox, Upjohn, Merck,
Baker, etc. to be the best source of the information your looking for.
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